The Main Objective: Warmth
Rolling into Florida a few days before Thanksgiving was indeed, shocking -- many people, many cars -- and I chose to hit the city of Melbourne (population 81,000+) first to get things done (think auto maintenance, haircut, etc). There was a bit of decadence though, as I'd reserved 4 nights of AirBnB in West Melbourne, an area that still feels like country (horses, chickens, etc). After being in my tent for most of the past three months, a private room and bath was sheer luxury, and the neighborhood was bike-friendly as people still ride their horses there!
While I did hit the beach once or twice, I was on task, but visited Eau Gallie, a spot I've never taken the time to tour. Now a part of Melbourne, it was an independent town from 1860 until 1969, and the historic district is just 14 acres with 31 homes Unfortunately, some government brain surgeon chose to put a causeway to the barrier island straight through the neighborhood, yet the residents are holding on to the original historic houses, huge live oaks, the public pier, an art museum, and a symphony orchestra.
Next, was a return to Savannas Park & Campground, a place I've been a few times, where I enjoy hanging out with some of the staff. I spent Thanksgiving there; have been working on my annual bike mileage goal along the oceanfront; and now trying to warm up to the idea of Christmas while it's nearly 80 degrees. In the morning, I head to yet another AirBnB, in Port St. Lucie, so I can truly prepare for a northern trek to the cold for the holidays with family. Long pants? Gloves? Shoes?
Of note -- today marks the start of year #4 of nomadness! Oh yeah, stay tuned.
12/7/2017 11:04:44 am
Love reading about all the out of the way places you continue to highlight. As for trek north, all I can say is will have my Icelandic wool sweater ready for you. Eileen
12/9/2017 12:05:04 pm
Eileen, I also visited the Backus Museum in Fort Pierce which was on my list last winter! Small but interesting with history of what this town felt like many moons ago. I am ill prepared for the trek north! j.
12/10/2017 09:55:04 am
Judy: Had never visited or heard of Backus Museum so went online to check it out. Amazing how many areas you have found in your travels that we have driven by countless times. How is that book coming along? Looking forward to your visit,
12/11/2017 10:16:50 am
E: Indeed, I can't imagine ever running out of places to see and things to do. Haven't looked at the book since August! Oh-so-busy.
12/11/2017 08:09:33 am
How did you get those turkeys to pose so perfectly? That sunset photo of the super moon is perfection! Did you miss out on Joan's Perfect Pie or get the last one? Love the Roesch House. Wondering if James Wadsworth Rossetter is related to the New England family of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (quick google didn't bring up anything. Just a reminder that I've been storing your perfectly good pair of winter pajamas (with matching fleece top thrown in).
12/11/2017 11:21:15 am
AMG: The turkeys thought I was going to feed them, I believe! NO pies left at Joan's and the women working looked like they were at their limit of pie making! Filling orders only! I didn't get to tour any of the Eau Gallie houses so no questions answered. Thanks for PJ update; one less item to try to fit in small bag! j.
12/11/2017 10:50:03 pm
Three years of nomadness... Awesome!!! While you’re coming North for Xmas we’ll be traveling to FLA to spend the holiday with my Mom. Have a wonderful visit with your family!
12/12/2017 10:57:15 am
Heidi -- so pleased to see you here and drats that we are swapping places for the holidays! Enjoy mom, the weather, and some easy travel. Give me a heads-up if you return; you know the tent is staying up in warm weather for a few more months! j.
1/1/2018 11:37:00 pm
5K+ bikemiles & books, blog & work. Amazing woman!
1/2/2018 07:16:56 am
Amazing how many good friends and new faces I enjoyed this year too!
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